Saturday, September 15, 2007

Recent Forest Defense Events (w/pictures)

Sept 3rd. Nanning Creek forest defenders send out alert that Maxxam/Pacific Lumber hired climbers have raided the unoccupied tree-village at Nanning Creek. Chainsaws were used in the canopy to cut off branches and slice platforms. Tree-sitters had vacated the grove during the protected nesting season of the endangered seabird Marbled Murrelets. Protected nesting season to end Sept. 15th.

Morning Sept. 4th- Tree-sitters have gotten back into the ancient trees and send out text message saying that Maxxam/PL employees are back, sending up climbers to cut traverse ropes that link trees and confiscated forest defenders gear that was still on the ground when they arrived.

Evening Sept.4th Humboldt Forest Defenders and supporters gather at the front gate to Nanning Creek and hold an all-night candle light vigil. Dodging late night traffic on the logging road, ground support mounts a successfull re-supply mission to replace confiscated gear.

Sept. 6th Forest Defense Action Camp sets up at Grizzly Creek Campground in the Redwoods.

Sept.7th-10th Trainings and Skillshares begin. Midnight Special Law Collective does Non-violent Direct Action Training and Know your rights workshop. Climbing Trainings and Backwoods Skillshare have large attendence. Around 50 people at the height of the camp.

Maxxam/PL continues frequent day and night visits and security presence on the ground at Nanning Creek. In order to safely and effectively bring food and supplies to the tree-village, throngs of forest defenders marched up the road and successfully escorted more tree-sitters and delivered much needed goods without incident.

Sept.15th Marbled Murrelet Protected Nesting Season ends. Maxxam/Pacific Lumber could now log again if it weren't for the tree-sitters. Everyone is on alert.

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